Zabara: a place where time stands still

Zabara is a small village in Western Ukraine. The first mention of Zabara goes to 1675. You will not find any information about this place and probably have hard times locating it on a map.

Zabara is located in South-East of Volhynia part of Ukraine and its history had been influenced by Kievan Rus’, cossacks, tatars, Polish and Soviet Union to some larger or smaller extent.

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Up to the late 1930th the Soviet-Polish border laid just a few kilometres from Zabara.
There used to be a beautiful pan mansion (“pan” is a word referred to Polish aristocracy) rounded by a few parks and swan ponds. Later a school for the peasants was built. Almost all had been ruined in later years.

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After World War I this region of Ukraine was annexed to Soviet Russia and in place of the aristocratic attributes a kolkhoz was established.

Kolkhoz was a form of collective farm in Soviet Union. The farms and households were confiscated in favour of Soviets along with most owners’ property, like livestock and purveyance. All that belonged to the new government and the yield was meant to be shared according to the new collective laws.

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In the beginning of 1990th, when Soviet Union had ceased to exist, the kolkhoz were still in service for a couple more years, but finally came to its end.

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Today the  population of Zabara is about 230 people. There are two small grocery stores and a medical assistant item. The school has long gone and kolkhoz buildings is now used for commercial coal production. The fields are owned or rented by entrepreneurs and every household has its own vegetable patch and the livestock – as it had used to be a century ago.

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